OUR MISSION is to have our students of all ages achieve new levels of artistry and performance beyond what is possible in their regular class work. To inspire the love of the arts at a young age as well as train and empower students at a pre-professional level with a competitive edge. To make possible a performer's dream to pursue a career in theatre, dance performance, or as a performing arts educator or for an adult to develop their acting, improv, and comedy skills.
OUR GOAL at the Capistrano Acting Academy is to enhance the quality of the lives of our students and families through performing arts. Our students gain personal confidence, become more comfortable in the public speaking arena, become better team players and have great fun through cultural enrichment. As the teaching arm of Camino Real Playhouse, our students have the benefit of over 27 years of theatrical and educational experience. The director of our youth division, Ryan Fredericks, igraduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles with a BA in Acting. After performing in Los Angeles and Orange County he realized that directing was his true calling. He has directed children and adults throughout Orange County including at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. Ryan has taught multiple camps and after school drama programs throughout Saddleback and Capo school districts. He also works as an acting coach for all ages.
Backed by the full resources of Camino Real Playhouse in beautiful San Juan Capistrano and taught by some of the best theatre, comedy, and improv teachers you will find in Orange County. Check out of team of teachers. Theatre training, as well as all of the arts, encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development. Children who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout life, making each more creative, more confident and more productive individuals. We however believe that the best part of getting involved in theatre is that you meet great people with similar interests while having a great time.
Musical Theatre Series and Summer Camps have a
Stand Up Comedy and Improv Workshops have a Graduation Showcase.
Click Link below to purchase Graduation and Performance Tickets online.
Below are course flyers for upcoming CAA Classes and Courses for Kids and Adults.
Summer Camps are for ages 6 to 16. Returning students please use the code KIDS at check out when you sign up for a 2020 Kids Camp for a $25 discount.
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from recent CAA Classes, Courses, and Productions.
More photos will be found our our new Capistrano Acting Academy Facebook page (Coming Soon).
A dedicated team with extensive theater, comedy, improv, and production experience.
Our staff believes that Theatre training encourages engagement and learning and has a positive impact on physical, emotional and social development in a child's life.
Ryan Fredericks graduated from American Musical
and Dramatic Academy Los Angeles with a BA in Acting.
After performing in Los Angeles and Orange County he
realized that directing was his true calling.
He has directed children and adults throughout Orange County including at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine. Ryan has taught multiple camps and after school drama programs throughout Saddleback and Capo school districts. He also works as an acting coach for all ages.
A fine arts and design major throughout high school and college, Beverly took a different turn and enjoyed a successful 35-year career in the international and domestic high-tech transportation industry which, over the years, included customer service, operations, corporate sales and marketing. Later in life she combined her artistic talents with her career experience and has been Scenic Artist and Vice President for the playhouse for the last 14 years. She is responsible for all aspects of the final implementation of set design, is resident graphic designer and is an executive producer for all productions.
Leslie has her degree in theatre arts and studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in Manhattan under Sanford Meisner. She is both an actress and director, having done both at Camino Real Playhouse. As a Registered Nurse with a Master's degree in Health Care Administration and a minor in Business Administration, she worked in the NICU for many years and then in Hospital Administration. She is the Artistic Director for Camino Real Playhouse and oversees the artistic functions of the theatre including: hiring of artistic team members, selecting shows for the season line-up, and managing Playhouse operations.
Katie Kelly is a Bay Area native who graduated in May
of 2018 from California State University, Northridge as
a Deaf Theater Major and Musical Theater Minor. Katie
has been in love with Theater since her first
performance at the age of 7. Since graduation Katie has
directed performances across Orange County. Her most
recent credits include Afflicted, Merry Wives of
Windsor, and Lion King. Katie has had the opportunity to
work with broadway actors and actresses with her
involvement with ASL Cabaret. Katie is thrilled to
continue her journey with Camino Real playhouse and
can’t wait to see what this new chapter brings.
Michael Keener has a degree in Technical
Theatre and comes to Camino Real Playhouse with acting,
stage-managing and stage crew experience. As Lead Tech
he helps to design the lighting and sound for shows at
the Playhouse. He has worked on numerous plays including
Three Bandits and A Baby, It's A Wonderful Life,
Robin Hood, Dracula, Bye Bye Birdie, Barefoot in the
Park, and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Michael does
all the lighting and sound for Children's shows and
other shows performed during Children's Theatre Summer
Roger, who joined Camino Real Playhouse three years
ago, brings over 25 years of experience in various
aspects of the entertainment industry, including a brief
time as a stand-up comedian. At Knott's Berry Farm, he
did lighting and sound design for various stage shows
and attractions during Halloween season. As both
Camino Real Playhouse and Capistrano Acting Academy's
Technical Director, Roger trains and manages a team of
sound, light and special effects operators.
Tom Riehl is a professional stand-up comedian who has been performing regularly at clubs, corporate events, and fundraisers for over 25 years. His extensive comedic background coupled with his hugely successful Students of Stand-up Comedy Workshops have earned him praise from students and professional comedians alike. His simple yet effective approach to understanding comedy creates a fun and positive atmosphere no matter what your age or skill level may be. Tom currently produces two monthly comedy shows in southern California.
Steph Davis was the artistic director of the
Orange Curtain Theatre that ran in STAGE II of the
Camino Real Playhouse for five seasons. He's trained as
an actor under Allan Miller - famous coach of Dustin
Hoffman and Meryl Streep. He has appeared off-Broadway
as Malcolm X, along with a tour of A Soldier's Play.
Also an accomplished stage director, he has received rave reviews for plays including March, Shirley Valentine, and Almost Maine (honorable mention Garland Awards by Backstage West).
Those who participate in theatre programs enjoy the many
benefits it offers and will take those skills throughout life,
making each more creative, more confident and more productive
individuals. Our Instructors and Staff believe that the best
part of getting involved in theatre is that you meet great
people with similar interests while having a great time. Many
adults live in fear of being asked to speak before a group, but
the importance of this skill in nearly any career suggests
students should spend time developing a certain level of comfort
with it. Developing skills in theatre from an early age help
develop Confidence, Teamwork, Friendship, Flexibility, and
Public Speaking abilities.
Theater allows students to practice their emotional range while experimenting with pitch, projection, cadence and dramatics. On top of the value of experimentation in general, there is little immediate risk in the context of a class: this is not a presentation that is graded after one go. Actors rehearse and rehearse. Theatre does not tell you what to feel and allows you the freedom to not be perfect.
Some testimonials from the families we serve.
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My 10-year-old daughter Ava had an AMAZING time at Capistrano Acting Academy this summer for four of the weeks of Theatre Summer Camp. Actually, we both did! Although Ava had many options for summer time fun away from school, she declined all of them and chose learning and having fun with the great people and instructors at the playhouse. I watched her interpersonal skills and confidence blossom. She can't wait to attend next summer and we both look forward to attending events at the playhouse!
My daughter attended all 5 weeks of summer camp at Capistrano Acting Academy at Camino Real Playhouse and it turned out to be the best 5 weeks ever. Not only did my daughter have a blast but even my son got in on the action. They both had so much fun doing these plays that were literally done from beginning to end in one week. The people involved with the plays and all of the other people who are a part of the playhouse are super passionate about their work: from the incredible sets to the props and the amazing costumes to the hilarious instruction of Christine Dickinson.
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